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1230 Bank St. Ottawa  ON  K1S 3Y3

613-733-7536   |   |    @OttawaTrinity

The Rev. Arran Thorpe

Director of Music: Fabien Tousignant

Worshipping God as disciples of Jesus;

showing love to our neighbours near and far.

Advent IV Love

December 22nd, 2019

10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist with Church School

Prelude: Nun komm der Heiden Heiland BWV660 by J.S. Bach

We Gather As God’s People

The churches of our Diocese stand on the traditional territories of the Algonquin and Mohawk Nations. May we dwell on these lands always with respect and peace.

Opening Hymn: Creator of the Stars of Night                                     #96

Advent 4

Celebrant: Holy God, you promise that love is stronger than hate and that hope is stronger than fear; that joy is stronger than sorrow; that life is stronger than death.

Light four candles.

People: God of life, help us to trust your promise. Forgive us when we deny life to ourselves, to our neighbours, and to creation. Heal our brokenness and prepare us to live in Christ’s kingdom.

Celebrant: God forgives you. Forgive others; forgive yourself. Take hold of this forgiveness and enter into the life of Christ.

People: Lord Jesus, come soon.

Collect of the Day

Heavenly Father,
who chose the Virgin Mary, full of grace,
to be the mother of our Lord and Saviour,
now fill us with your grace,
that we in all things may embrace your will
and with her rejoice in your salvation;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen

We Listen To God’s Word

The First Reading: Isaiah 7:10-16;                                          (O.T. pg. 636)

Psalm 80: 1-7, 16-18                                                                      page 812  

The Second Reading:Romans 1: 1-7                                     (N.T. pg. 152)

Gospel Acclamation (sung together)   

Celebrant:        The Lord be with you

People:           And also with you.

Celebrant:        The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ,

according to Matthew 1: 18-25                        (N.T. page 1 )

People:           Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ (sung together)

Celebrant:        The Gospel of Christ.

People:           Praise to you, Lord


Apostles Creed                                                                                (pg 189)

We Respond to God’s Word                    

Prayers of the People (Adapted from Susan Sayers)
Through the willing participation of Mary and Joseph, God is poised to come among his people as their Saviour.

Leader:  Let us quieten ourselves to notice our God, here with us now, and attentive to our deepest needs let us pray for The Well, (one of our Diocesan Community Ministries) Rachel Robinson, Executive Director. In our Companion Diocese, The Diocese of Jerusalem, we pray for Redeemer Church, Amman, Jordan. We pray for Linda, our Primate, Anne, our Metropolitan, John, our Bishop, and Michael, our assisting Bishop. For Arran, our priest and for all clergy and people and their ministries in the Diocese of Ottawa.

People: Lord, we long for our Church to be alive and active, attentive to you, and ready to go wherever you suggest. Show us the work of the Church from your point of view, and develop our will to co-operate. (Silence)

Leader: We call on your name, O God:

People: restore us and revive us.

Leader: Lord, we long for your kingdom to come in our world, and to flood with truth and love the illusion, hopelessness and terror which traps the human spirit and chokes its potential joy. (Silence)

Leader: We call on your name, O God:

People: restore us and revive us.

Leader: Lord, come into the daily relationships we so easily take for granted, and enable us to value one another, delighting in one another’s richness, and responding to one another’s needs with love. (Silence)

Leader: We call on your name, O God:

People: restore us and revive us.

Leader: Lord, you know the need and pain of those we love and worry about. As you look after them, give them the sense of your caring presence to uphold and sustain them. At this time, we pray for (insert names) and for those who we name silently or aloud.   (Silence)

Leader: We call on your name, O God:

People: restore us and revive us.

Leader: Lord, for us death can seem so cruel; give us a better understanding of eternity, and gather into your kingdom all those whose earthly journey has come to an end. At this time, we pray for (insert names) and for those who we name silently or aloud.   (Silence)

Leader: We call on your name, O God:

People: restore us and revive us.

Leader:Thank you, Lord of hope, for the way you surprise us with joy, and show us the extraordinary and the wonderful in the ordinary things of life.

Merciful God,

Accept these prayers for the sake of your Son,

our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

We Celebrate the Presence of Jesus

Offertory Hymn:  Once in Royal David’s City                                             

1. Once in royal David’s city Stood a lowly cattle shed, Where a mother laid her Baby In a manger for His bed: Mary was that mother mild, Jesus Christ her little Child. 4. For he is our childhood’s pattern; Day by day, like us He grew; He was little, weak and helpless, Tears and smiles like us He knew; And He feeleth for our sadness, And He shareth in our gladness.
2. He came down to earth from heaven, Who is God and Lord of all, And His shelter was a stable, And His cradle was a stall; With the poor, and mean, and lowly, Lived on earth our Savior holy. 5. And our eyes at last shall see Him, Through His own redeeming love; For that Child so dear and gentle Is our Lord in heaven above, And He leads His children on To the place where He is gone.
3. And through all His wondrous childhood He would honor and obey, Love and watch the lowly maiden, In whose gentle arms He lay: Christian children all must be Mild, obedient, good as He. Not in that poor lowly stable, With the oxen standing by, We shall see Him; but in heaven, Set at God’s right hand on high; Where like stars His children crowned All in white shall wait around.              

Prayer over the Gifts                                                                       

Gracious God, by the power of the Spirit who sanctified the mother of your Son, make holy all we offer you this day. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.

Eucharistic Prayer                                                                                        


Great Amen                   

The Lord’s Prayer                                                                            page 211

The Breaking of the Bread                                                               page 287

Agnus Dei from Communion Service in E by Harold Darke                                                                                                             

The Communion

Anthem: In the Bleak Midwinter by Harold Darke

In the bleak mid-winter frosty wind made moan, earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone; snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow, in the bleak mid-winter long ago.

Our God, Heaven cannot hold Him nor earth sustain;heaven and earth shall flee away when He comes to reign: in the bleak mid-winter a stable-place sufficed the Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.

Enough for Him, whom cherubim worship night and day, a breastful of milk and a mangerful of hay; enough for Him, whom angels fall down before,the ox and ass and camel which adore.

What can I give Him, poor as I am? If I were a shepherd I would bring a lamb, if I were a wise man I would do my part, yet what I can I give Him, give my heart.

Prayer after Communion              

Faithful God,

in this sacrament we receive the promise of salvation.

May we, like the Virgin Mary,

be obedient to your will.

We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

Doxology and Blessing                                                  page 214

Announcements/Birthdays and Anniversaries

Recessional Hymn: O Come, O Come Emmanuel                                        

1 O come, O come, Emmanuel,
and ransom captive Israel,
that mourns in lonely exile here,
until the Son of God appear:
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
shall come to thee, O Israel.
4 O come, thou Key of David, come,
and open wide our heavenly home;
make safe the way that leads on high,
and close the path to misery: [Refrain]
2 O come, thou Rod of Jesse, free
thine own from Satan’s tyranny;
from depths of hell thy people save,
and give them victory o’er the grave: [Refrain]
5 O come, O come, thou Lord of Might,
who to thy tribes, on Sinai’s height,
in ancient times didst give the law
in cloud and majesty and awe: [Refrain]
3 O come, thou Dayspring, come and cheer our spirits by thine advent here;
disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
and death’s dark shadows put to flight: [Refrain]


Postlude: Nun komm der Heiden Heiland BWV661 by J.S.Bach

Sharing in the Ministry of our Parish Today

Greeter: Dick and Jackie Johnston

Readers: Doreen Barnes and Bob Taylor

Intercessions: Judy Chamberland

Hospitality:  Lorna Feehan, Mary Ann Zwicker and Chris Garnett

Lay Administration: Susan Taylor and Linda Bowering

Altar Guild:  Brenda Small, Joanne McCracken, Yvonne Silverman

and Sue Taylor  


OFFICE HOURS: Please note that the church office will be closed for the holidays after December 20th and will reopen Friday January 3rd. The phone messages will be monitored over the holidays.

A MESSAGE ABOUT YOUR DONATIONS: Thank you for your generosity both in the Advent special appeal and throughout the year.  We know that many of you traditionally give an additional donation to the church act the year’s end and of course such donations are welcomed and put to good use. We remind you that to receive a tax receipt for 2019 donations must be received by December 31. Several methods of donating are now in use. In the New Year we will be looking at a simpler method for you and for our treasurers.  If you use envelopes now please see Sue Taylor so we can update our list and explain some changes.

CHURCH CALENDARS are available for sale. The Calendars are $5.00 each. Please contact Mary Wilson at 613-521-7788 if you are interested in purchasing a calendar.

CHRISTMAS WITH CAELIS: On December 22nd at 4 pm join Caelis Academy Ensemble and Matthew Larkin for Christmas with Caelis.  Freewill offering.

SUBMIT TO CROSSTALK : By Communication Request Form or by emailing the Crosstalk editor Leigh Anne Williams at The next diocesan newsletter will be emailed to parishes and subscribers on January 10, 2020. Please ensure all requests are submitted 2-days prior using the electronic form.

This Week at Trinity

Wednesday, December 25th, 2019 

10:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.   CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED 

Friday, December 27th, 2019 

10:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.   CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED  

Sunday, December 29th, 2019 – First Sunday After Christmas:

Morning Prayer Readings: Psalm 148, Isaiah 63:7-9, Matthew 2:13-23